Our Pastors

Rev. Matthew Kuiken

Rev. Matthew Kuiken

Senior Pastor

Matt came to First ARP Church as Associate Pastor in June of 2010 after graduating from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.

Matt is a native of the Garden State, where he grew up with six brothers and sisters, while his dad served as a pastor of the Pompton Plains Reformed Bible Church. He loves the Steelers, the ocean, and Carolina weather.

Matt is a graduate of Geneva College where he met Sabrina his beautiful wife. The Kuikens were blessed with a sweet daughter, Cora, soon after they came to Gastonia, in 2013 with a son, Cooper, and in 2015 with a daughter, Leona.  They also have an accomplished racing dachshund named Bandit.

Matt was called as Senior Pastor in June of 2013.  His passion is to make known the Gospel of Grace to all people and to see God’s grace transform lives.

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Rev. Dr. Jeff Morrison

Rev. Dr. Jeff Morrison

Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries and Education

Jeff Morrison joined the staff of First ARP Church in May of 2014, having served churches in the PC (USA), the EPC, and the PCA in various capacities. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.

Jeff grew up in upstate South Carolina and is a die-hard Clemson fan (GO TIGERS!!!) and enjoys reading, running, playing the guitar, and spending time with his family. He has been married to Cathy, the love of his life, for almost twenty-five years and together they have three wonderful children: Abigail, Andrew, and Ian.

His ministry focus and highest joy is seeing people experience God’s radical grace and freedom as they put their hope in the finished work of Christ.

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Rev. Joshua Hjemvick

Rev. Joshua Hjemvick

Associate Pastor of Youth and Families

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Children’s Ministry

Rebecca Maney

Rebecca Maney

Director of Children's Ministry

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Leslie Farrar

Leslie Farrar

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

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Music Ministry

Trip McGill

Trip McGill

Organist

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